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FBI Spies on YOU, Demanding Identity of Visitors to Indymedia

Hey you. Yeah, you. Chances are, the FBI has been spying on you.

I’m not just saying that. You see, people who read Irregular Times have often pointed us to stories at Indymedia to help us understand developments in the world that mainstream media just won’t cover. This means that a number of Irregular Times readers are also Indymedia readers. And if you’re an Indymedia reader, the U.S. Government wants to keep track of you.

EFF has the story: earlier this year, the FBI demanded without a search warrant that Indymedia deliver “all IP traffic to and from www.indymedia.us” along with all other identifying information for visitors to the left-wing alternative news website. Along with this demand (the actual words used by the FBI were “YOU ARE COMMANDED”) came a gag order: “You are not to disclose the existence of this request.”

Well, in anticipation of such moves by the Indymedia had purged its IP logs, meaning that the government’s request was stymied. Indymedia fought back against the gag order too, eventually getting the government to back off so the story of FBI bullying, warrantless surveillance tactics against left-wing organizers could be told.

19 comments to FBI Spies on YOU, Demanding Identity of Visitors to Indymedia

  • That would include me, as I’ve been over to Indymedia many times this year. So, senators, representatives, when you have your hearings and say that no one is complaining about abuses of the Patriot Act and FISA Amendments Act, that no one is being abused, it’s not accurate.

    I have been targeted by the FBI for spying on my legal, peaceful, political activities, and I am complaining.

  • They call Me...Tim

    Ah, yes…so HOW IS that hope and change working for you?

  • The Call Me...Tim

    You kmow, at least with Bush we could get heads up from congress folk and other agencies when shit like this happened, but since Obama took over, they have all been silent. Obama has been becoming more and more of a bad choice as the days roll on. At least with McCain he was so weak we could have bullied HIM into doing the right thing….

    • Jim

      You think that civil libertarians would have bullied a Republican White House into going to the left of Obama’s current position? You go right on thinking that. But obviously, to answer your questions, the changes we were promised by Obama are not coming to pass, and the more the activities of the Obama administration come to light, the less hopeful I am that they will occur.

      • The Call Me...Tim

        Well, perhaps not with the libertarians, okay…but Obama is turning out to be the biggest farce we ever agreed to vote for. And I will not do that again. I’d vote for Howdey Dudey before I’d give him a another chance.

  • qs

    What exactly is indiemedia?

  • The Call Me...Tim

    It’s not so much their coverage but those that frequented their site. The type of readers they drew was of interest to the FBI…the FBI wasn’t interested in the MSNBC, FOX, CNN crowd, they are all the same mind set. But something indie has is “concerning”…or whatever….

  • qs

    Maybe the terrorists use Indymedia

  • Tom

    Yeah, and i like the fact that the FBI asked them to keep quiet about the request: “we don’t want to arouse any suspicion that we’re doing anything, you know, ILLEGAL.” It’s Nixon all over again – if the [government agency] does it, it can’t be illegal – false argument. They got away with it getting the internet providers and the phone companies to go along with it under BUSH (and giving them blanket, after the fact, protection from prosecution of our supposed CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS in the process).

    i’m more pissed that the American sheeple just sit back and get fucked by their government, the financial sector, and their employers without even protesting! What a bunch of ignorant, lazy, spineless jerks we are. All that crap we teach/learn in school about our government is way off the mark. We’re being dumbed down, lied to, spied on, and CONTROLLED at every turn, and we do nothing about it. Our forefathers would be real proud of the way we turned out.

    i guess we couldn’t hold on to the Republic after all, Ben, ’cause now we live in an oligarchical POLICE STATE.

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